Covid-19 has changed the way many organizations operate. From the US Army to the Washington Greys, to this great city, no single entity can get away from it. Operating the way we did before 2020 is just not feasible and we all know that to be a fact. So how can we thrive under the existing threats posed by this runaway virus?
Pay attention and take precautions as needed, when needed. Simply put, Covid-19 continues to threaten our way of life as much today as it did in 2020 when it arrived at our doorsteps. As officers and cadets, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of you and those under your charge. Checking in on your cadets is paramount, training them on how to stay safe is an ongoing task that requires all of our energy and vigilance. Teaching cadets that they alone can stop covid by paying attention to signs that they or those in their family may be ill and that they should refrain from engaging in activities for the time being until they get tested, is our only recourse.
Cadets must be responsible citizens not just of our community but of our city and our nation. Following guidelines set to protect you is onerous, we understand. But in a world of exceedingly dangerous conditions, we must all pitch in to survive. We are a team in a difficult time, and we must rely on each other to combat the things that threaten our way of life. In 2020 the GREYS suspended operations during the NYS Pause to combat Covid. In 2021-2022, we engaged in limited operations. We have taken every precaution to ensure the safety of our people not just in the organization but also at home. Protecting cadets meant protecting families, and we did that. But this September, as we ramp up operations once again after a long-haul state of emergency, it weighs on our minds. How do we continue to keep our people safe?
The answer to that is with your help. Only with your help can we ensure safety and the continuation of a program that has endured for more that 65 years. We urge you to be responsible cadets and citizens and that you engage in the protection of the force by realizing when you may be unable to report for duty in the organization. Yes, we want you to be eager, but we also want you to be a leader in recognizing when something is wrong. Leadership means recognizing when to act and when not to act. Knowing the difference is up to you and up to all of us. This winter, we want you to help us protect you and each other as we engage in some of the most unique training experiences anywhere on the planet take the time to check yourself before you show up for activities. If you and everyone in your family is good to go- great. If not, call us and let us know what is going on. We are there for you. It is not only your responsibility as a cadet but also as a member of our team. As always, together we can make things better. Looking forward to a great 2023.